Testimonials

After 5 years of renting homes in Hillsborough, we were finally ready to commit to buying a home for our family.  We had heard horror stories of how difficult it could be to find the right home and even worse stories of bidding wars if we did get lucky enough to find the perfect house.   Fortunately for us, we worked with Kim Gelman!

Kim is the consummate professional and extremely connected and respected in the real estate community in Hillsborough and the surrounding areas.  She is a delight to work with and goes above and beyond in every way.

After searching for some time, Kim found a house that she felt had the potential to be perfect for our family.  Knowing we needed a 5 bedroom, she had a vision for minimal work that could be done to the house to give us the right living space for our family.  What made this opportunity extraordinary was the fact that through her connections, Kim found this house for us 4 months before it was scheduled to go on the market.  We instantly fell in love, but we knew that we had work to do before we could make an offer.  Kim was extraordinary in making introductions to banks, insurance brokers, contractors, inspectors, and any other support we needed.  With Kim’s help we diligently worked through everything we needed to put an offer in place, and she stayed in constant contact with the seller’s broker about where we were in the process to ensure they knew how interested we were.

When we put the offer in 3 weeks after first seeing the house, the sellers accepted our offer with no negotiation even though they had another couple working on an offer.  With Kim’s assistance, we had put in an offer that satisfied their needs and felt fair to us!  Both parties were so thrilled with the transaction that the sellers invited us, Kim and their broker for cocktails to celebrate our agreement!

 

Closing went smoothly, thanks to Kim and the team of professionals she had introduced us to in support of the transaction.  Kim’s vision on how to remodel the house to suit our needs was expertly executed by the group she introduced us to, and she even had an eye for helping us with decorating the weekend we moved into our new home.

We could not have asked for a more delightful experience in buying and creating our home. Thank you, Kim, for everything!

- Mary Page and Gerard van Hamel Platerink

“Kim Gelman is a consummate professional, and a joy to work with–and she created outstanding results. We worked with Kim on the successful sale of our home in 2015. Kim covered ALL the bases, anticipating and addressing every possible detail and promptly responding to my every inquiry or concern (which were many!). She was always polite, easygoing, and ready with fresh inspiration and a good sense of humor. Kim advised us on what renovations/changes to make to get the best price for our house, and even went as far as shopping for tile and fixtures all over town! She has impeccable taste. She also introduced us to a great guy to do all of the work, and helped to manage him directly. The house looked so amazing when we were done, it was hard for us to sell it! The photos were beautiful, and the timing of the listing, all managed by Kim, was perfect. When multiple offers arrived a week or so after the listing, she deftly handled a competitive bidding situation and saw the sale through to a terrific conclusion. We could not be happier. Here’s my advice to any potential client: Listen carefully to what Kim has to say: she knows her business!

Kim completely redefines excellence in serving her clients, and I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

- Amy & Shohei Kaneko

“I highly recommend Kim to anyone looking for a real estate agent. I have bought and sold many houses during my career. Kim is by far the best real estate agent I have used. I recommend Kim for several reasons:

First, Kim will not pressure you into a transaction. Every agent I used before Kim would try and push me into a transaction to get the commission – the sooner the sale, the less work for the agent. Not Kim. She listened to what my wife and I wanted. She did not push us. She was very deferential to our preferences and facilitated them rather than making us feel bad for taking our time.

Second, Kim has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Hillsborough real estate market. Hillsborough is a complex market, with wide variance in prices because of many “submarkets” within the Town. Kim was effective at helping us understand the reasons for price variations – what houses were overpriced or underpriced for their particular submarket. This greatly helped us bring some sense to the wide variation in prices and properties in Hillsborough.

Third, unlike the vast majority of agents, Kim is a lawyer and specialized in real estate law before transitioning her career. As a fellow lawyer, practicing 23 years, I can tell you that Kim knows real estate and contract law very well. Whether you are buying or selling, Kim knows where the risks are and how to avoid them. Here too, this stands in stark contrast to most real estate agents, who tend to gloss over problems or potential risks associated with a property rather than point them out and make sure you are aware of and comfortable with them.

Fourth, Kim is very hands on in helping with the sale or purchase of a property. During our sale, Kim personally helped us get the house ready for sale and gave us advice on how to stage the house effectively. During our purchase of a home, Kim went with us for every meeting and personally reviewed the inspection reports and walked the property with us. If you hire Kim, you will get Kim – not an assistant who is learning the ropes.

Finally, and importantly, Kim is very easy to work with and has a great personality. With Kim’s help, we successfully completed two transactions during a hard time in the real estate market. Throughout the process, it was a pleasure to work with Kim and she was always positive. “

- Charles K. Verhoeven, Esq.

“Kim Gelman is an extraordinarily professional and personable agent. She listened carefully as we outlined the ideal home and our needs and always kept our best interest in mind throughout the entire sales process. She was referred by a former work colleague.  I received two strong referrals and since we were looking for a home from another state decided to try with both agents to see who would work best for us. There was no comparison; while we had never met Kim, only spoken to her on the phone, she showed us strictly the type of home we had described and did not waste our time with homes that did not fit with what we were looking for.  Her instinct is great and kept us from going after a home she felt the seller would never actually sell (which turned out to be exactly as she predicted).  She is part of the community and knows when houses are going for sale long before they are listed.  We ended up with just what we were looking for – a beautiful Spanish home in the best part of Burlingame which we got for a very competitive price. We recommend Kim as a professional of the highest integrity and as a person who is fun, down to earth  and who keeps it real in a very unreal market.”

- Dr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Lustig

“Working with Kim was really a pleasure.  Her legal background was apparent in her ability to negotiate, her attention to details and her knowledge of contracts.

We’ve worked with Kim as both buyers and sellers over the past three years and we were impressed and pleased with the results.  Kim was professional, honest, and incredibly hard working.  It was great to work with someone who knows the area and can offer honest and sound advice.   She really did a great job of marketing and staging our home and was able to attract multiple offers well over our initial asking price!  When it came time to buy a property in Hillsborough Kim did a great job of listening to our needs and wishes.  She persevered and found us the perfect property.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kim to our friends and family looking to buy or sell homes on the Peninsula.  We are confident that you can do no

better!”

- Lisa and Michael Rubenstein

Kim helped us through a key transitional time in my mother’s life by selling our mother’s home before moving into a retirement community. My three siblings and I didn’t know much about real estate; Kim was diligent in making sure we understood everything we needed to know and guided us with respect, care, and a strong eye for detail from the preparation through closing stages. She came fully informed about the market, with advice on how to prepare the house according to our budget, how best to price, and—just as importantly—how NOT to price ourselves out of receiving healthy offers.

The short story is that Kim sold my mother’s home in a tough market, in one week, with multiple offers, and well over the asking price. We were thrilled! The longer story…she rolled up her sleeves and handled EVERYTHING. What a relief, because none of us live in town. Kim stepped in and arranged for very reasonably priced professionals for landscaping, repairs, painting, staging, storage, and even hauling (and made sure we approved of each one first). She also oversaw and managed all the work, which was again a huge plus and a relief. She did just what she said she’d do and returned calls and emails promptly. And she did it all with great care for my mother’s needs and a down-to-earth but energized can-do attitude.

My brother, sisters and I all feel we couldn’t have been in better hands. Thanks to Kim, a big change in my mother’s life went seamlessly. I would highly recommend Kim without hesitation.

- Peter Stein

Dear  Kim:

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help in connection with the successful marketing and sale of the Dunbar property at 478 Marin Drive, Burlingame.  From the onset, you demonstrated a keen desire to understand and satisfy the requirements of both the Dunbars and Burgdorff Realtors, Corporate Relocation Management.  Your market insights and business savvy contributed strongly to achieving our mutual goal of selling the property for the best terms, in the shortest amount of time, with the least inconvenience.

Once again, I would like to compliment you on your excellent service, Kim.  Your professionalism embodies the spirit of personal and complete assistance, for which many agents strive but seldom achieve.

Very truly yours,

- Joan Wislotski, CRP, GMS

Thank You Note from First Time Home Buyer

Thank you for your help throughout the whole process.  We were really glad to have had you on our team, coaching us through each step, and we feel like you really listened and responded to our questions and concerns.  We couldn’t have asked for a better agent, especially in our first home buying experience.  Again, a Big Thank You!  You’re Awesome!

- Emily and Anthony